Paul’s Missionary Journeys Roman Empire ca. 50 A.D.
CYPRUS – whole island receives gospel in 2 months via gospel & signs PHRYGIA – less than 1 month Paul targets capital city – PISIDIAN ANTIOCH Movement results through whole region Joy-filled discipled Paul run out by persecution GALATIA – 3-4 months ICONIUM – large number believe via bold witness & signs; run out by persecution. LYSTRA – non-Jewish background believers via sign and witness. Run out by persecution. DERBE – Many disciples Returned & strengthened believers (7 months?) Solidified churches (appoint elders) Journey #1 (12 months)Acts 13-14 Phrygia Galatia Cyprus
Journey #2 (3-4 years)Acts 15:36-18:22 • CYPRUS – Barnabas & Mark visit believers • GALATIA & PHRYGIA –revisit believers (2-4 mos) • ASIA, MYSIA, BITHYNIA prevented by Holy Spirit • MACEDONIA – 3-4 months • PHILIPPI – witness via 2 POPs, miracle. Sent away by authorities • THESSALONICA – large number of disciples. Run out by Jews • BEREA – large number of disciples. Run out by Jews but Paul & Silas stay longer • ACHAIA – 1.5 years • ATHENS – few disciples, poor response • CORINTH – great harvest; Priscilla & Aquila. Protected by authorities; stay 1.5 years. Weekly training. Reach most of Achaia • Touches Ephesus briefly; leaves P&A Macedonia Paul & Silas Phrygia Galatia Achaia Barnabas & Mark Cyprus
Journey #3 – (4-6 years)Acts 18:23-20:38 • GALATIA & PHRYGIA –revisit believers – several weeks - months • ASIA – 3 years • EPHESUS – daily witness & training by Paul; great signs; radical commitment & life transformation • ALL ASIA hears gospel • Ephesus as a BASE • MACEDONIA/ ACHAIArevisit believers – 4-5 mos • ILLYRICUM reached • EPHESUS (Miletus) - visit believers – 1 week NO PLACE LEFT Illyricum reached Macedonia Phrygia ASIA Galatia Achaia Cyprus Romans 15 – From Jerusalem to Illyicum . . . no place left for me in these regions.
Paul’s Timeline Galatians 1-2 / Acts Jesus’ Ascension 30-35 AD Paul’s Conversion 35 AD (Acts 9) Nero’s Persecution Acts Concludes 3 Years in Arabia Galatians 1:18 Roman Prison - 2 years (Acts 28:30) Intro. to Jerusalem (Acts 9:27) Caesarean Prison - 2 years (Acts24:27) Tarsus/Antioch (Acts 9:30-13:1) Jerusalem Council (Acts 15) Famine Relief (Acts 11) 45 AD - Josephus A.D. 33 35 40 45 50 55 60 64 1st Missionary Journey (Acts 13-14) 2nd Missionary Journey (Acts 15:36-18:22) 3rd Missionary Journey (Acts 18:23-20:38) CONCLUSION: Paul’s Journeys Covered Less Than 15 Years! Note: Date of Jerusalem Council based on Galatians 2:1 (14 years after introduction of Acts 9)
#4 #3 #6 #2 #5 #1 Paul’s Six Streams of CPing #1 Cyprus - (Acts 13:6) Salamais/Paphos “They traveled through the whole land.” #2 Phrygia - (Acts13:49) Pisidian Antioch “The Word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” #3 Galatia - (Acts 8:23) Iconium/Lystra/Derbe “Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening the disciples.” #4 Macedonia - (Romans 15:19) Phillipi/Thess/Berea/Illycrium Illycrium also reached by the Gospel #5 Achaia - (Acts 18:9-11; Titus 1:5) Corinth/Athens/Crete Gospel had spread to the island of Crete #6 Asia - (Acts 19:8-10) Ephesus “ . . . All the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the Word of the Lord.” Illyricum “By the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way round to Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the Gospel . . . there is no more place for me to work in these regions.” - Romans 15:19, 23
6 basic CPM streams Once there were sustained CPMs he felt finished He tackled regional centers Helped the locals expand to the area Moved on when this was working well (when possible) He had 2 priorities Work night and day to win devoted followers Thru witness, signs, life transformation Help them begin multiplying in their witness. He planted the DNA of multiplying disciples ACCESS CRITICAL: He worked with his disciples in a weekly or daily process He stayed as long as possible Imparted his LIFE to them CP appears to have been by witnessing Christians along the way He had key trainers / helpers in each region He returned whenever he could to help the movement continue Not much else! Lessons from Paul’s situation?
Paul’s Disciples • Core Team: Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Pricilla/Aquila, Titus and Luke • Emerging Leaders: Jason, Dionysius, Justus, Lydia, Erasmus, Stephanus, Gaius, Phoebe, Crispus, Sosthenese, Apollus, Epasphrus, Aristarthus, Fortunatus, Archaicus, Andronicus, Julius, Erastus, Tertius, Linus, Eubulus, Cladia, Mark, Artemas, Tychichus, Clement, Onesimus, Demus, Epaphroditus, Zenus, Crescent, Carpus, Onesiphorus, Claudia, Prudens….